- Learn about it: by accessing the Bozhy Dity (God’s Little Children) lesson on the Edmonton Eparchy Website. Learn about this amazing day in the life of the Church: https://eeparchy.com/children/
- Angels are all around us: The angel Gabriel came to give Mary the message that she would be the Mother of God. Lots of people like to collect angel figurines & some even have them in their gardens & yards. Go on a treasure hunt around the house &/or outside to see how many you can find.
3. Say YES to God: like Mary who prayed & listened & when the Angel Gabriel asked her to be the mother of God, she said YES. Take a few minutes just to be silent and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. Afterwards, talk about your thoughts. Write or draw your thoughts about what God is asking of you on pieces of paper (parents can write for the little ones). This might be as simple as “Pray Lord have mercy everyday” or “call (name) just to say hello.” They also may be larger life changing callings. Discuss how you might say YES just like Mary did? Put them in your icon corner & pray about them.
4. Pray: a decade of the rosary (or the entire rosary). Find the text here. Talk about what the angel Gabriel said to Mary (Luke 1:27-29) and what her cousin Elizabeth said to her (Luke 1:41,42) when they greeted her. Does this sound familiar? The prayer to the Mother of God comes from these two greetings! It is beautiful to think that we are echoing the words of the angel Gabriel & the mother of John the Baptist when we pray:
Rejoice, Mother of God Virgin Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of our souls.
БОГОРОДИЦЕ ДІВО, радуйся, благодатна Маріє, Господь з тобою. Благословенна ти між жінками і благословенний плід лона твого, бо ти породила Христа Спаса, Ізбавителя душ наших.
Created by the Religious Education Department of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.
Permission granted to reproduce for personal or educational purposes only. 2021